Our six Southern Baptist seminaries have a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students who are preparing for ministry as pastors, missionaries or other leaders. Our seminary students pay much lower fees to attend our schools, because our Cooperative Program dollars provide a big part of their budgets. We know seminary students study the Bible and many topics related to serving in or through a church. But often today students are being taught how to share the gospel in today’s world — both here in the United States and overseas.
Drake Nosco is a student at our seminary in New Orleans. He and a team of other New Orleans students went on a missions trip to Southeast Asia. They went to a country where it’s illegal to evangelize. Our missionaries there told them to go as tourists, but when a door opened, just brag on Jesus.
At a large Islamic mosque, Drake asked a Muslim man how he thought sins were forgiven. The man answered that if his good deeds in life outnumbered his bad deeds, then he could hope to be admitted into heaven — which is a false hope, of course. That answer gave Drake an opening to explain the truth — he was assured of his own salvation because of Jesus Christ and His atonement.
Today let’s pray for Drake and the many other seminary students who are learning to share the Bible’s truth to a world that has often settled for much less!